So I have some experience with the shopping thing, the whole girl-in-the-men’s-department thing. But I’d love any suggestions to make it even a tiny bit easier. I do realize that there’s not actually a red neon signing floating above my head when I wade through the women’s wear and venture into the men’s side of the store, but I could use that extra dose of suave that comes from confidence. Oh boy, could I use that.
The highlight of last night’s foray was definitely the store that actually had signs hanging from the ceiling: “Male Clothing” and “Female Clothing”. Should we assume they get together and make baby clothes? Seriously, are people in that much danger of buying something that doesn’t suit their own gendered selves, that they need special signs and elaborate divisions to keep them from messing up? I finally did try some stuff on from a cheapo knockoff store (god, the exchange rate is killing me, what I really want to wear is Armani). I had to haul them upstairs to the women’s fitting room, where the attendant kind of giggled, but I made it in and took a few deep breaths. Nothing fit; in fact one pair of trousers had to be meant for one of those unicycle stilts guys. The right width and literally eighteen inches too long. And I am neither short nor round in the scheme of things.